Loading
Vatican could take action against Irish priests who celebrated Easter Mass with Protestant clergy

.- Three Augustinian priests who concelebrated Easter Mass with a Church of Ireland clergyman could be dismissed from the priesthood by the Vatican, reported the Sunday Business Post.

Augustinian Fathers Iggy O’Donovan, Noel Hession and Richard Goode invited Rev Michael Graham, the rector of St Peter’s in Drogheda, to join them for the Mass.

Archbishop Sean Brady is carrying out investigations. Because this involves a religious order, the final outcome would be a matter for the Augustinians.

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has exclusive powers to deal with the concelebration of the mass with non-Catholic clergy.

After such an event, the bishop has to carry out a preliminary investigation and then report to the CDF. If the bishop decides the accused clergymen should be dismissed from the priesthood, he may ask the CDF to “impose dismissal by decree”.

One Vatican source told the Business Post that, “Canon 1365 of the Code of Canon Law prescribes a ‘just penalty’ for anyone guilty of prohibited participation in such religious rites.” Several factors to be taken into consideration include the gravity of the offence, its frequency, the possible scandal caused and the impact on ecumenical dialogue.

“This canon highlights the importance and the delicacy of the Church’s apostolate towards ecumenism and testifies that, if the Church is to remain faithful to itself and to the ultimate success of the ecumenical movement, it must remain faithful to its own teaching.”


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
A Look at India from Rome
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Aug
20

Liturgical Calendar

August 20, 2014

Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 19:23-30

Gospel
Date
08/19/14
08/18/14
08/17/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Ezek 34: 1-11
Gospel:: Mt 20: 1-16

Saint of the Day

St. Bernard de Clairvaux »

Saint
Date
08/18/14
08/17/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 19:23-30

Homily
Date
08/19/14
08/18/14
08/17/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: